J4944 : The clock tower of the former Downshire Mental Hospital

taken 6 years ago, near to Downpatrick, Co Down, Northern Ireland

The clock tower of the former Downshire Mental Hospital
The clock tower of the former Downshire Mental Hospital
This was the central block of the former hospital.
Downshire Estate Civic Centre, Downpatrick :: J4934

Located at the former old Downshire Hospital estate, the new facility is now home to Down District Council and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive; as well as the area headquarters of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and the new divisional headquarters of the PSNI (The Police Service of Northern Ireland). Much of the rest of the buildings on the estate are owned by The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust from where it delivers patient and administrative services. Centralising all these public services in one location is designed to create efficiencies of scale and joint location.
The grand buildings on the Downshire Estate had for almost a century housed one of the biggest mental institutions in Northern Ireland. The Downshire Mental Hospital was for decades the biggest employer in Downpatrick. The abolition of large mental asylum in the second half of the 20thC saw the closure of the Downshire Mental Hospital
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J4944, 32 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Wednesday, 21 March, 2018   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 21 March, 2018
Geographical Context
Health and social services 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 498 441 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:19.4448N 5:41.8260W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 498 441
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Image Type (about): geograph 
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